The deceased, Neeraj Gupta, a financier, was a resident of Model Town in northwest Delhi. The prime accused, Mohammed Zubair (28), his fiancee Faizal (29) and her mother Shaheen Naaz (45) have been arrested. DCP (northwest) Vijayanta Arya confirmed to TOI that the incident took place on the night of November 13. One of Gupta’s friends had lodged a missing report on November 14 after he didn’t return home. During an inquiry, call detail records and Gupta’s location were obtained, but he could not be traced.
Subsequently, Gupta’s wife lodged a police complaint of kidnapping, naming Faizal as the suspect as her husband had been having an affair with her for several years. The woman, she said, was Gupta’s employee. When Faizal was questioned at length, she gave conflicting statements, before she broke down and disclosed that she worked at Gupta’s office at Karol Bagh and had been having an affair with him for around 10 years.
How a 10-year affair led to brutal murder
They didn’t get married as Gupta was not ready to leave his wife and family. Meanwhile, Faizal gave in to her family’s pressure and got engaged to Zubair. “When she told Gupta about this, he tried to dissuade her from marrying Zubair. On the night of the incident, he came to her rented accommodation at Adarsh Nagar. Heated arguments ensued between Gupta and the three accused,” said a senior police officer.
During the altercation, Zubair got enraged and hit Gupta on the head with a brick. “He then stabbed Gupta with a knife thrice in the stomach and ultimately beheaded him. The trio then made the plan to dispose of the body,” the officer added.
“They put the body in a suitcase, hired an appbased cab and took the body to Nizamuddin railway station. From there, Zubair, a worker in the railway pantry, boarded the Rajdhani Express going towards Goa. On the way, he disposed of the body near Bharuch,” said the police officer.
DCP Arya added, “The three accused have been arrested. The knife and brick used in the crime have been recovered. Efforts are on to recover the body of Gupta.”